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Virtues

Virtues are in the Pseudo-Dionysian hierarchy, the fifth highest order of angels, whose name means “powers,” especially in relation to performance of miracles and Magic. The primary tasks of virtues are to execute miracles on earth and provide courage, grace, and valor. According to PSEUDO-DIONYSIUS, virtues are one of the 10 orders of the blessed. They carry out the instructions …

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Thrones

In the Pseudo-Dionysian celestial hierarchy, the third highest order of angels. The term “throne” generally refers to a symbol of majesty and the seat of God and God’s glory, and as such it is not a spirit being. Thrones are personified in Jewish mystical literature. The Bible has only one reference to thrones as heavenly beings or angels: Colossians 1:16, …

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Seraphim

In the pseudo-Dionysian hierarchy of angels, the highest and closest angels to God. The name “seraphim” is thought to be derived from the Hebrew verb saraf, which means to “burn,” “incinerate,” or “destroy,” and probably refers to the ability of seraphim to destroy by burning. The seraphim may have evolved from the uraeus, the gold serpent (specifically a cobra) worn …

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Powers

powers (curetes, potestates) In the pseudo-Dionysian hierarchy, the sixth highest order of angels. Powers fight against evil spirits who seek to wreak havoc through human beings. They protect the divine plans initiated by the DOMINIONS and carried out by the VIRTUES. They are sometimes equated with AUTHORITIES, DYnameIS, and EXOUSIAI. St. PAUL alluded to their capability to be either good …

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Guardian Angels

Guardian angels are angels who are attached to a person from birth to death, providing constant guidance, protection, and companionship. The concept of GUARDIAN SPIRITS is ancient and universal; guardian angels are developed most in Christianity and are particularly prominent in Catholicism. The Judeo-Christian guardian angel evolved from guardian beings of other cultures, such as the FRAVISHIS of Zoroastrianism, the …

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Dominions

dominions (dominations, lords, lordships) In the Pseudo-Dionysian hierarchy, the fourth highest order of angels, who regulate the duties of other angels and make known the commands of God. Dominions also are channels of mercy. The term dominion refers to “lordship,” “rule,” or “special meaning.” Use of the term dominions as a class of angels occurs in apocryphal writings influenced by …

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Cherubim

Cherubim (kerubim) In the Pseudo-Dionysian hierarchy of angels, the second highest angels to God. The etymology of the name “cherub” (Cherubim in plural) is uncertain. The Hebrew term “kerub,” which means either “fullness of knowledge” or “one who intercedes,” is thought to be derived from the Akkadian term KARABU, a winged guardian being of Assyria. Karabu had the bodies of …

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Fallen Angels

Fallen angels are angels who fall from God’s grace and are punished by banishment from heaven, becoming Demons. The three versions of the book of Enoch associate fallen angels with the Watchers, 200 angels who descend from heaven to cohabitate with women and corrupt humanity and are severely punished by God. 2 Enoch speaks of four grades of fallen angels: …

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